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Boris (Le Flacon D'Alsace) - Brasserie de Saverne

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Boris (Le Flacon D'Alsace)Boris (Le Flacon D'Alsace)

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BA SCORE
63
poor

86 Ratings
THE BROS
60
poor

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 2.57
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Saverne
France

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is the standard 5.5% Boris that comes in bottle and can; white label.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-29-2004)
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Reviews by Shadman:
Photo of Shadman
2.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

cute as hell bottle..250ml..certainly a wordier slogan on the label than ' I Am Canadian'. There goes 1/2 of the canuck market right there.

lager amber yellow, bit cloudy as there was some sediment in the botton of the bottle. Poor head retention aand equally poor lacing.

smell is unobtrusive..faint sweetness..some malt

taste: sweet initally with subtle malt, a taf metallic in the middle and then a kick of hop bitterness.

has a dry finish..ok mouthfeel


appearance and smell bring down this score..but certainly comparable to Grolsch or Heiniken.

note..although it come in a green bottle..the packaging is sealed..hence no light struck hops..ie..no skunk

Shadman, Mar 21, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
2.75/5  rDev +7%

cam477, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Todd
2.5/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From a 500mL can.

Pours a bright, clear, golden color with some fairly active carbonation that creates a thin wispy white ringed lace.

Slight esters in the nose with a base of cooked cereal grains and hints of buttery notes in the back; hello, you're not supposed to be here.

Mouthfeel is near medium, with a slight chewy water consistency. Lively and crisp carbonation on the palate. Mildly sweet with more cooked cereal grains, hint of berry-like esters, and dab of caramel. Powdery malts. Light herbal hop note; very light, and that's it for hops. Light metallic notes. Fairly clean finish, but there's something lingering that's kind of lackluster.

Nothing offensive here, but it's a bit bland and one-dimensional overall.

Todd, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of Billolick
2.13/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Teensy weensy bottle, I spotted it in a bodega in the Bronx that has a pretty respectable selection. Pours murky/cloudy dull medium amber, with a fairly long lasting white head and leaving some fine lacing. Artificial smelling, pencil shavings? Nasty tasting liquid, plastic, rotten vegatables, yum. I took a chance and paid the price, I couldn't get through 8 ounces of this stuff and it ended up as a drain pour.

Billolick, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of stereosforgeeks
2.5/5  rDev -2.7%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
2.53/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

250ml bottle, quite reminiscent of Euro-Cokes, but un flacon? Je ne sais pas...

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow hue, with one finger of weakly foamy, bubbly, and soapy dirty white head, which flees rather hastily, leaving some sparse blobs of cob-webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of semi-sweet cereal malt, a bit of wet cardboard, rice husks, a bit of astringent apple skin, and weedy, musty hay-like hops. The taste is lightly biscuity, bready malt, of the corn-fed variety, a sort of plastic, metallic character that I'm assuming comes from the underlying alcohol, and wet grassy, floral, weedy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, but also a wee bit sharp at times, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth enough, I suppose. It finishes with a weird warming sweetness, and a more than off-setting solvent stink, to no-one's surprise.

I couldn't sense much of a typical Euro-skank wafting from the glass, initially, but it slowly builds as things progress, the booze seeping in. Not a particularly pleasant experience, as the adequate graininess just gets lost in the musty mire.

biboergosum, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of RockyTopHeel
2.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As soon as I popped the cap, a serious whiff of eurochic skunk hit my nose from the generically gold colored brew with a small white head. I cringed as I took the first sip, but it wasn't as bad as I had anticipated.

This is pretty much a straight pale lager (despite the fact that the label says "Ale"). Nothing special at all--soft maltiness, a not-quite-bitter twang. Nothing that makes this stand out from about a thousand other pale lagers.

Cool bottle, but it won't fool me again.

RockyTopHeel, Feb 27, 2004
Photo of Sammy
2.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another boring lager brought in by the LCBO. At least it was a broken pack single. Not too watery, and some head in initial pour. Not a pourout, some malt in there. Minimal carbonation. Clean taste, could be a palate cleaner. A tad of fruit and malt on tongue at finish. Beats a Heinekin!

Sammy, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev +42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The long and the short of it: it's in acute bottle, but it's green glass which allows it to become skunked (I haven't found an undamaged one yet); nice label; nice, sweetish malt; pleasant smear of hop flavor; good balance; fuller body than expected; very drinkable and quite enjoyable... a little bit heavier, less bitter and crisp, and somewhat sweetish in comparison to a pilsner. Refreshing and satiating. Charming, and worth a try. Without losing points for the aroma, this would score pretty well.

NeroFiddled, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
2.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Caught my eye at Whole Foods because it was on sale for $4.99/6pk. Upon further inspection, the bottles only hold 8.5 oz. Neat packaging, little red guy running around with a flag. Despite the communist visual themes, the label preaches something about individualism. Go figure. Pours a pale golden with a complete absence of a head. Nice, light, sweet flavor of adjunct malt with a hint of low-grade hops. Substantial body for a beer this light. Higher alcohol content comes through in the warming aftertaste. Not particularly bad. Reminds me of Henry's Blue Boar Ale (RIP).

ElGordo, May 15, 2004
Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.13/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml can looks great but beer in glass does not look good.

A- Darkish gold. Head dies down in a matter of seconds. Unappetizing patching and ring remain. Good number of bubbles rising.

S- Corn syrup. Lightest malt. Strong brewer's yeast.

T- Brewer's yeast all the way. Vitamin D pills. The brewer's yeast taste is definitely interesting yet borderline disgusting. I guess you could learn to appreciate it but I think the flavor should be finer or show more complexity to become interesting and ideally appreciated.

M- Ordinary macro mouthfeel tending toward watery. Seems viscous and dry at the same time which is strange and not particularly enjoyable.

D- Not high for me since I don't like the taste.Goes down kind of easy though.

Bad beer. Interesting because it's different though. I'd like to try a good beer with this ''brewer's yeast profile'' flavor if it exists.

Yoonisaykul, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.35/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8.5 ounce stubby bottle, neat but does not count towards this review. Light yellow hue, a well maintained off-white head, bubbly lacing. Metallic, sweet green apple smell; some grainy malts slightly detectable. Mild euro-hops, vinegar and candy apple tastings. The mouthfeel is tender and a fast cleanser. Decent carbonation and a husky-earthy-hoppy finish. Nothing fancy here, an easy drinking Euro lager. Better than the several marketed counterparts, yet more difficult to locate.

GeoffRizzo, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of TheJudge
3.38/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has a standard pilsner appearance, with a thin white head. Nothing special so far. Smells like a german pils, which is probably a good thing, since it is a French beer. Tastes good. Somewhat less bitter than expected, and less so than most of the german beers of this style. Actually had a little sweetness to it, but not unpleasantly so. Had pretty decent body, and nice little bubbles. I would go back for another of these before having a Heini or something of that sort. All in all, pretty good.

TheJudge, May 21, 2004
Photo of emerge077
2.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tiny bottle, poured into a fluted glass.

A couple centimeters of foam soon rise and fall. Clear amber yellow coloration. Stubborn yeast ring at the bottom. Spotty patterned lacing.

Very skunky smell, husky grain.

Taste is fairly bitter, with a watery mouthfeel. Toasted cracker. An apple aftertaste, the only redeeming quality...suggesting yeast was actually used in the process.

Picked this up for $1 on a whim at Dobbys in the burbs, based solely on the label design & price. Won't be buying again.

emerge077, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of MikeInIowa
3.78/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Pale golden in color, transparent and with a little bit of white foam crown that does not lace much.

Nose: grainy aroma

Taste: Grainy / rice-like notes predominate without any bitterness to finish.

Mouth: Thin or watery mouthfeel

Drink: The beer has a relatively favorful appeal, and is, therefore, easily drinkable (if un-skunked, that is). But it does not dazzle or possess the entirely subjective Wow!-factor, and thus, it can only excel so far.

MikeInIowa, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.2/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a very pale yellow color beer with a standard white foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma is totally skunked which is not a surprise considering they still insist on importing green bottle over the pond. Taste is also dominated by the skunked aroma. Body is totally watery and incredibly thin. More bad then boring.

Phyl21ca, May 01, 2006
Photo of ncbrewerbun
2.53/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cute green bottle. My son liked it. I like the little guy with the flag. Disagree completely with the narcissistic message. It probably made this beer taste worse to me. Funny how a words can affect one's perception of a beer.

Crystal clear light gold with decent head which dissipates rather quickly, not to reappear.

What is that aroma? Grainy, perhaps? Kind of non-descript, like the flavor. Some bitterness from the hops, not a lot more. I would be surprised if this is really an ale.

A slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall a fairly non-eventful beer. Not a lot of serious flaws, just not anything very exciting about it. Maybe I'll try one from the bottle next time? (OK...I went back and drank one from the bottle and it was no better...even got a skunky taste when I first opened it.)

ncbrewerbun, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of bloberglawp
2.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours yellow, big foamy head that sticks around, some lacing quite carbonated... a good looking lager.

Aroma of continental malt and a faint delicate aroma of fresh grassy hops. Flavor is a malt backbone being haunted with a bit to much dyacetyl and oxidation. Bitter finish is adequate but overall the beer seems a little sweet. After closer examination I realise the can is past its best before date by a few months.

Actally quite a respectable european example of a common lager, I'll bet it's quite good of a fresh tap in Alsace.

bloberglawp, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of irishkyle21
2/5  rDev -22.2%

irishkyle21, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of evlu1441
2.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is possibly the most commonly available French beer where I live. I kind of like the tiny 250mL bottles too!

This beer has a nice deep golden colour to it. It's slightly cloudy, with a thin creamy layer on top.

The aroma is fairly standard. Malty with a slight creaminess. There is also some faint alcohol smell.

The flavour is slightly watery. There is a little bit of creamy malt flavour too. Towards the end, it gets a bit strange. There is some hoppy bitterness, but it isn't right. It becomes sort of metallic tasting.

Overall, this is nothing special. Drinkable, but I wouldn't seek it out ever again.

evlu1441, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of santoslhalper
1.88/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My girlfriend bought this beer thinking it was the Heavyweight B.O.R.I.S. (BeerAdvocate Orignal Russian Imperial Stout), but it wasn't. Pours a nice looking amber with a decent sized off-white head. Smells like complete ass. Grainy and wheaty, and absoolutly hop presence anywhere. Tastes grainy, with no complexity anywhere. I have to give it to this beer though, it's quite crisp and clean. That's about all that it's got going for it. Avoid it.

santoslhalper, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of tatterdash
3/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cute little bottle, fills a pilsener glass with an effervescent clear golden with a fizzy white head. Smell was a bit of hops, very little else. Taste was rather crisp, with a lot of hops up front, and bit of graininess in the middle. Rather highly carbonated, but definitely not as bad as I thought it would be. This is an odd little beer, nothing special... but not hideous.

tatterdash, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3/5  rDev +16.7%

Jerseyislandbeer, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Brent
2.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Label sports a little red guy running with a flag - lots of writing on the label about following only one's own flag - leaves one to puzzle about the marketing strategy going on here, is drinking this beer supposed to be some anti-establishment gesture?

Small green bottle. On pouring an instantaneous and powerful skunky aroma assaults the nose. Same for the initial flavor. I am able, with some effort, to pick out sweet malt and a surprising degree of hops drowned in the skunkyness. I expect some degree of this in a green bottle Euro-lager, but perhaps my sample was light-abused as the aroma is beyond an acceptable level. I think somewhere in there was a fairly good, clean lager.

Brent, Jun 09, 2004
Photo of IronDjinn
2.15/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A coworker gave a bottle of this for me to try, I'd never heard of it before. Came in a small 250 ml green bottle. The blurb on the front label says in scripted silver: "My values are those of a generation that has taken control of its existence and future." Oblique marketing, could just as easily fit into a Pepsi or IKEA ad.

A decent clear golden colour in appearance, small fizzle of carbonated head on the pour. The aroma is that of metallic grains and sweet corn, and some other adjunct that I can't place, possibly preservatives. In the flavour department it starts out with a raw grain husk character, melding into a sweet corn finish, the faintest hint herbal hops appearing on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and a bit caustic from the carbonation, and possible additives. Am glad this was a free one and I didn't have to pay for it, and won't be buying any myself. My values are those of a generation that won't go near sub par beer like this, no matter how psuedo-inspiring the marketing campaign tries to come across. I'd take a PBR over this stuff.

IronDjinn, Nov 16, 2004
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Boris (Le Flacon D'Alsace) from Brasserie de Saverne
63 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.